Our mission is to provide a steady and predictable revenue stream to help financially support Berkshire Humane Society.
Berkshire Humane Society is the only open-admission, socially conscious animal shelter in our community. Our shelter is a private non-profit and is not affiliated with any other animal welfare organization. Berkshire Humane Society receives no public funds from local, state, or federal sources. The welfare of our companion animals and the future of our organization depend on the compassion and generosity of our community – you!
Since its beginning, Berkshire Humane Society has sheltered more than 50,000 homeless animals. Our shelter is proud to place 100 percent of all adoptable dogs, cats, birds, and small mammals into loving, responsible homes. Every time you shop at Catwalk Boutique, you support this invaluable work.
Want to support our work? Donate clothing! Learn more here.
A Brief History
Catwalk Boutique’s flagship store opened in Great Barrington in 2013. Co-founded by three animal-loving volunteers – Mimi Rosenblatt, Marsha Weiner, and Leslie Weil – the successful resale shop has blossomed into a thriving staple of South County’s fashion community.
Mimi, Marsha, and Leslie were instrumental to the success of Purradise, Berkshire Humane Society’s satellite feline boarding and adoption facility located just down the road at 301 Stockbridge Road. In an effort to provide additional fundraising for Purradise and the main shelter in Pittsfield, Mimi, Marsha, and Leslie dreamed up Catwalk Boutique. Their tireless devotion and passion for fashion has made this store a destination for shoppers visiting the Berkshires.
In 2019, Catwalk Boutique opened a second location at 26 Church Street in Lenox, bringing the same on-trend, in style, affordable fashion to our central and northern county supporters. As part of the opening, BHS and Catwalk Boutique rebranded the shop, unveiling a refreshed logo that is more aligned with the store’s mission – to help save homeless animals.
In 2020, the Lenox location moved up the street to 53 Church Street.
Catwalk Boutique is almost entirely run by dedicated volunteers. Their love, support, and endless energy imbues the shop with warmth, creativity, and community. (Many returning shoppers stop by just to say hello!) If you haven’t shopped with us yet, we can’t wait to meet you! And by the way…your pet called and said, “buy anything you want!”
About Our Staff
Amy Santella grew up in the Berkshires and has had a passion for fashion and cats since birth. Adoption has always been near and dear to her heart and something she wanted to be part of her work after graduating from Keene State College in 2015. She was adopted at birth, and in recent years has traveled to meet her birth family. With 4 cats adopted from Berkshire Humane Society, she found the joy of keeping 3 siblings together to accompany her first cat. Amy’s first connection to Catwalk was donating her Grandmother’s high-end clothing after her passing to the Great Barrington Boutique.
Kristin Garner has been with Catwalk for four years. Prior to Catwalk, Kristin volunteered at Purradise, another Berkshire Humane location. Kristin creates a calm, positive and supportive atmosphere, which is so important during the busiest of times. Her reliability and follow through are essential and play a vital role in Catwalk’s success.
Terry Bissaillon started her journey with Berkshire Humane Society over 20 years ago as a volunteer with her husband. After volunteering for eight years, Terry became the Volunteer Coordinator at the shelter. After 11 years in this role, she made the decision to enjoy “semi” retirement as a sales associate at Catwalk, where she gets to enjoy one of her biggest passions – jewelry.
About Our Co-Founders
Mimi Rosenblatt has been a passionate animal lover her entire life, caring for dogs, bunnies, ducks, turtles, tropical fish, hamsters, gerbils, lizards, and, of course, cats. After living in San Francisco and Austin, Mimi relocated to the Berkshires in 2004. She joined Berkshire Humane Society in 2010 as an original member of the Purradise Advisory Board where she has used her public relations and fund-raising experience. Founding Catwalk Boutique allowed Mimi to “marry” her love of fashion with her love of animals. Mimi lives in Great Barrington with her husband Mark Lefenfeld and their two rescued cats from Purradise.
Marsha Weiner, who hails from the Midwest, has lived in the Berkshires since 1996. Her passionate love of animals led to her to Berkshire Humane Society where she has been actively involved for years. Marsha has been involved with Purradise since its inception in 2010. Founding Catwalk Boutique was a natural extension of Marsha’s ongoing dedication to homeless animals. She lives in Great Barrington with her husband, Dr. Ed Weiner, and their two rescued cats.
Leslie Weil has been a Berkshire Humane Society board member since 2010 and currently serves as vice president. She relocated to the Berkshires from New York City to devote herself to all things animal-welfare related. In addition to all of her volunteer hours for Berkshire Humane Society, Leslie works part-time at Chez Pet in Lenox. She has put her extensive background in interior design, sales, fashion and graphic design to use founding the original Catwalk Boutique. Leslie lives in Stockbridge with her husband Mark Lee and their two rescued cats.